Hosted in conjunction with Team USA’s D.C. Event Week following the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Athlete Career and Education (ACE) Olympic and Paralympic Summit 2018 is an interactive, multi-day event focusing on personal and professional development. Athletes will have the opportunity to learn how to leverage their athletic careers by developing their personal brands for sponsors and appearances, to gain tools to navigate the job market, to access resources to start a professional career, to engage in discussions with peers as they explore retirement and next steps, and more. 

Highlighted by the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association (USOPA) induction celebration and the networking reception, the ACE Summit enables athletes to engage individually with career professionals, executives, sponsors, the ACE support network, prospective employers, and Olympic/Paralympic alumni, who can give them advice tailored to their specific goals and needs. The Summit will also guide them through the available USOC/ACE resources to help develop their post-PyeongChang goals. 

"I wanted to thank you and your team for your tremendous amount of work you did to put on the ACE Summit.  This was such a huge opportunity for our Olympians and Paralympians to take a step into a defined direction."  - Katie Holloway, 2016 sitting volleyball gold medalist

APRIL 24-26



TBD - Washington, D.C. Area



Olympians and Paralympians who competed in the Winter Games 2018




All Day

Hotel & Summit Check-In

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Dinner & Address

USOPA Induction Ceremony

Games Town Hall


"What your team put together here is the most impressive workshop I've seen for any group of individuals in this position. There wasn't one athlete I talked to that felt the day was anything but a tremendous use of their time." 

- Steve Mesler, Olympic Champion



*Note: Schedule is tentative and subject to change. To see the most up-to-date content, speakers and information, download the 'ACE Events App' in your GooglePlay Store or iPhone App Store.


8:30 - 10:15 a.m.


Opening Remarks

Athlete Panel

10:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Session Workshops 
ACE will host three one-hour workshop sessions with the following topics:

  • Creating a Professional Brand
  • Developing Personal Marketing Strategies
  • Finding Your Story
  • Public Speaking 101


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Round-table Discussion
30-minute small breakout discussion sessions in the following categories. Choose up to three:

  • Professional Personalities
  • Non-Profit Start-Up
  • For-Profit Start-Up
  • Career in Media/Broadcasting
  • Education
  • Financial Wellness
  • FBI Recruitment
  • Disability Recruitment
  • Safe Space in Sport & Work

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Casual Dinner

7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Networking 101 Session

8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

General Networking Reception



8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


One-on-One Sessions
Athletes can sign-up to meet with the following professionals and topics:

  • Financial Adviser
  • Social Media and LinkedIn
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Post-Games Blues
  • Federal Employment
  • One-on-One Career Guidance


Topics include the following:

  • ACE services
  • DeVry University
  • In-State Tuition
  • Pivot Program
  • And More

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.


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Team USA athletes can access all ACE services via the online platform. Get started by completing your profile prior to Summit.


2. Download "ACE Events App" 

To see the most up-to-date content, speakers and information, download the 'ACE Events App' in your app store.



I'm a coach/NGB high performance director/national team manager, can I attend?

No. The ACE Summit is only for 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team members, speakers and facilitators, and invited guests. However, ACE asks you encourage your Olympic/Paralympic Team members to attend the event.

How do I register to attend Summit?

2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team members will receive a registration link for D.C. Event Week (late-February or early-March). During the registration, select to attend "ACE Olympic and Paralympic Summit."

I'm still training, what value will Summit give me?

The ACE Summit is designed to benefit ALL athletes regardless of their training or retirement status. For 2018, ACE Summit will tailor workshops to provide guidance in how athletes can leverage their Games experience to pursue their next aspirational goals either in or out of sport. 

To see the most up-to-date content, speakers and information, download the 'ACE Events App' in your GooglePlay Store or iPhone App Store.

If you're still unsure if Summit is a good fit for you, contact your career coach or ace@usoc.org to learn more.

What should I bring to the event?

The ACE Summit is a casual event where athletes have the opportunity to engage individually with career professionals, executives, prospective employers, USOC staff and sponsors, and Olympic/Paralympic alumni. ACE recommends athletes bring the following:

  • Nice pair of jeans/pants
  • Blouse or nice shirt / Team USA apparel
  • One business casual outfit for the networking reception
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn


ACE will provide:

  • 100 personalized business cards
  • Padfolios with paper
  • Pens
  • Name tags

What are the costs?


All travel, lodging, food and event expenses for D.C. Event Week, including the ACE Summit, will be paid for by the USOC.

What is the USOC ACE program?

The U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete Career and Education (ACE) program provides current and retired Team USA athletes with career, education and life skills resources to support athletic performance goals, facilitate successful transition to post-elite competition careers and inspire long-term positive engagement with the Olympic/Paralympic movement. Athletes can access all ACE resources by completing a profile on the ACE Platform.

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